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Ted Givens, an architect with Hong Kong's 10Design created this prototype for a tornado-safe home. Hydraulic levers pull the Kevlar-coated house into the ground when high-velocity winds pass by. The high-tech structure's roof then locks so water and wind can't enter. Once the weather clears, the house unfolds and residents resume normal life.

Flying first class takes on a new meaning with this house, conceived by Switzerland-based designer Timon Sager. Durable cables suspend the living space in the air. With multiple decks, a state-of-the-art entertainment center and a luxury bedroom, the flying house has everything you could want.

The heat of California was a definite consideration for Korean designer Christopher Daniel who came up with this roll-like home concept. Designed for arid environments, the house is secured with a carbon fiber truss frame and has a hydraulic powered automatic door. The upper half of the door opens overhead and the lower part unfolds onto the ground. Depending on the amount of sun, residents can make skylights and windows less or more transparent. Curtains and bookshelves act as dividers in the rooms.

Imagine looking out your hotel window at a school of fish. A design concept by Deep Ocean Technology in Poland, includes an underwater area that would allow guest to do just that. The 11,000 square foot space would sit 33 feet below the surface of the water. Additional features include a diving center, open terraces above water and a spa. For safety the disc-shaped dwelling is can be detached from the main structure and used as a lifeboat.

Population growth and consequent crowding can leave little room to live in big cities. But Jason Lubutkah of Jason David Designs in New York City has an idea: Why not build houses that cantilever across city streets, using up space that would otherwise be wasted? The homes would be constructed off site and then raised to their new location.

Inspired by a child’s loom toy, the woven facade of this mixed-use building is designed for passive energy use. Prefabricated units lock together to form apartments.The overhang of each unit provides shade. Easy—and very quick—to build, the structure arrives from a factory in dozens of parts. Once on site, the pieces are hoisted into place. The concept was designed by Meridian105 Architects of Denver, Colorado.

Look once and you’ll see a hill. Look again and you’ll see an entryway into that hill. Patkau Architects in Vancouver, Canada conceived of these underground dwellings. Tucked into grassy mounds, the small homes blend with the landscape and provide a minimal-footprint approach to living while attending to basic needs.

Designed by Royal Haskoning Architechten in Nijmegen, Netherlands, this transparent home concept was designed for lunar living. It has no stairs, since the moon's low-gravity would allow residents to float or bound from one level to the next. The house has enormous rotating shades that regulate the extreme temperatures of outer space. An underground bunker is also included in the design, just in case a dangerous solar storm should arise

Designed by New York City’s Victor Vetterlein, this POD house is completely computer-controlled in order to maximize energy efficiency and comfort. Every inch of its exterior surface acts as a solar energy collector. A wind-powered elevator and water-treatment plant are included and the rooftop collects rainwater that is stored in holding tanks. Natural air-flow is provided via vents that residents operate themselves.

Living in cities is rarely a green experience but San Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement has come up with a sky-scraping solution. The neuron-like collection of towers she designed would reach elevations of 1,600-feet and would be inter-dependent, each structure supporting the others. People would reach the amphitheaters, pools, fields and parks via elevators from the street. The design was conceived with Tokyo in mind.

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